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Even Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon isn’t sure what to make of a recent happy trend. He opened Friday night’s 8-4 victory over the Brewers with his career-high-tying 29th homer. It went the opposite way to left-center field — which is becoming less unusual.
The Reds have remained cautious with shortstop Zack Cozart as he deals with a left shin injury that caused him to leave in the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Braves at SunTrust Park.
The San Diego Padres optioned outfielder Hunter Renfroe to Triple-A El Paso and recalled outfielder Jabari Blash from El Paso to take his place on the 25-man roster, the club announced Saturday.
Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner acknowledged Friday that Mark Melancon might require offseason surgery to fix his arm fully. Nobody divulged much about the possible procedure, though Melancon indicated that, after years of stoicism, he needs to heal.
The Cubs added depth at catcher on Saturday when they claimed Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets.
Rookie Ian Happ did it all on Saturday afternoon, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth and scoring the tiebreaking run on Javier Baez’s single in the sixth to spark the Cubs to a 4-3 Interleague victory over the Blue Jays at Wrigley Field.
The Blue Jays and Cubs will meet for the third and final time this season when their series wraps up on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for Chicago, while Toronto will counter with right-hander Marco Estrada.
The Cardinals have picked a path of patience en route to determining what’s next for Trevor Rosenthal, their closer now sidelined by an elbow injury. The club isn’t afforded the similar luxury of time, however, when it comes to finding a way to replace him in the bullpen.